Former Congressman and Queens Tribune founder Gary Ackerman endorsed Austin Shafran for City Council District 19 on July 22. The endorsement took place outside the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center in Bayside, with many of Shafran’s supporters on hand for the occasion.
“He came to work for me in our Congressional office. He showed a passion for public service, showed he was a decent human being. He helped countless numbers of people. He’s capable, he’s dedicated, and on top of all that, he’s smart,” Ackerman said. “From my personal experience, from the bottom of my heart, he is going to be one heck of a public servant. He’s going to go on to bigger and better things.”
“Coming from a family of teachers, it was a profound honor to be offered my first job in politics by a former teacher, Gary Ackerman, who’s still been an incredible teacher to this day,” Shafran said. “The proudest moment in politics and in life is earning the respect and the support of someone you admire. There is no one I look up to more than this gentleman.”
On Sept. 10, Shafran will face Paul Vallone, Paul Graziano, John Duane and Chrissy Voskerichian in the Democratic primary for the seat.